We are big fans of food festivals. We love discovering special dishes at foodtrucks and we even secretly wish to one day have a little truck to ourselves. Lately though, we have been a bit underwhelmed with the selection of trucks in Amsterdam. Once you have been to one festival, you have basically seen them all. Probably one of the most typical foods served at these festivals is pulled pork, followed by steamed buns. The latter is usually priced at 8 euros a piece, which is a little bit overpriced, especially when on a student budget..
So we decided to make to make our own steamed buns! They were not only super tasty, we also got to eat about 4 each for very little mula (turns out pork belly is a super cheap cut of meat). We made a lovely slaw with an Asian touch from the sesame mayo. But the true star of the show was the pork belly: it had a lot of flavor and great texture due to the slow roast method we used. It may seem daunting at first, but we promise you this will be the best thing you make in a while. It’s a party on your plate!
○ 400g pork belly ○ 1/2 head of cabbage (green or purple) ○ 1 bell pepper ○ 1 red onion ○ 1 tablespoon five spice powder ○ 3 tablespoons mayonnaise ○ 1,5 tablespoon sesame oil ○ 1 tablespoon lime juice ○ 2 tablespoons sesame seeds ○ 8-10 bao buns
Pat the meat dry with a paper towel and then rub the skin side of the pork belly with the five spice powder. Place in a 140C oven in an oven tin with the skin side up. Roast for 1,5 hours, then turn up the heat to 220C or grill mode to crisp up the skin for another 10 minutes. In the mean time, finely chop the cabbage, bell pepper and red onion into very thin strips. Mix in the mayonnaise, sesame oil and lime juice then sprinkle over the sesame seeds. Heat a medium sized pot filled with water until it boils. Place your steamer over the pot, lined with parchment paper, to steam the buns until soft, for about 5-8 minutes. Once the pork belly comes out of the oven, let it rest for a few minutes, then slice. Place a slice of pork belly in each bao bun, topped with a heaping tablespoon of sesame slaw. Enjoy!
Cheese and Chinese